Monday, August 12, 2002
Takeo Spikes sidelined with chest injury
The Associated Press
GEORGETOWN, Ky. Linebacker Takeo Spikes slightly tore a muscle in his chest during the Cincinnati Bengals' first preseason game and could be sidelined for a couple of weeks.
Spikes got hurt while sacking Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe in the first quarter of the Bengals' 24-17 victory on Friday night. The injury wasn't initially considered serious.
Trainer Paul Sparling said Sunday that Spikes has partially torn a muscle and will need two to four weeks to recover fully.
Spikes was optimistic that he could be doing noncontact drills by the end of the week.
I caught Bledsoe and I slipped off him and he was falling, Spikes said. I was trying to go for the extra effort and pick him up and trying to dump him, and then I just felt like a catch in my chest.
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